This was the first book that I read in the series, and I was hooked immediately. Our ghost, Jack Shepherd, is pure 1940's Raymond Chandler, and is the perfect companion for our heroine, twenty-first century bookstore owner Penelope McClure. I'm now going back and reading them in order, and I love that Jack has his own ongoing mystery. The supporting cast of Pen's son and aunt, the local mailman, small town political people and other town figures are fleshed out nicely but don't "hog the limelight."
I picked this book up when I discovered that Alice Kimberly is a nom de plume of Cleo Coyle, whose Coffeehouse series is a favorite. The series are entirely different, but both are wonderful - more, please!